The University of Adelaide

Graduate Diploma of Nursing Science

The University of Adelaide

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science provides registered nurses with the essential knowledge and practical skills necessary to consolidate their nursing practise and augment their clinical experience. The diploma is highly flexible and offers a choice of electives from a wide range of nursing specialisations, allowing nurses to adapt their study to their individual areas of interest. All courses are delivered online with no compulsory attendance on campus, ensuring the program is particularly suitable for rural or remote nurses, as well as for nurses who are not yet working in a specialty. With strong links to industry and taught by experts in their fields, the diploma offers an insight into a variety of nursing specialisations and provides a deeper understanding of the career opportunities available within these areas. Developing the research skills and professional knowledge required for further study is another key component of the program. The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (without specialisation) is available to nurses who are registered in their home country, and to nurses who are not currently practicing. Graduates are prepared for advanced practice and can move into more senior positions, such as clinical practice nurse and team leader roles, across both clinical and community practice settings.


The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science is comprised of three compulsory core courses (9 units) - Research Literacy, Knowledge Translation and Professional Practice. The remaining 15 units of the Graduate Diploma can be made up of any combination of optional courses. All courses are delivered using a flexible online process. There are face-to-face optional sessions for some courses but all courses can be completed by students in any area of Australia. Courses are delivered using an online portal that provides students with access to all study materials. Course coordinators are available to answer students questions via email or by phone throughout the academic year. While the Graduate Diploma is focused on acute care, there are opportunities for Registered Nurses from any setting to enrol in the degree.


  • Nursing
  • Nursing research

Standard entry requirements

  • Graduate entry only. Applicants must: be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a nurse in Australia or New Zealand, and hold a degree of Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent
  • And have at least 2 years' experience as a registered nurse in the field of the specialisation to be undertaken (if a specialisation is chosen). All applicants must ensure they correctly answer the question relating to Nursing current practising certificate when applying via SATAC. SATAC will attempt to confirm their registration on the online register of the relevant Nurses Board but if SATAC is unable to do so, applicants will be asked to submit a certified copy of their certificate. Within ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
North Terrace International: $33,500 Yes
  • Flexible Delivery : 1 year

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